Sustainable Development in Deerfield

Sustainable (Green) Design Elements & Features

AMLI Deerfield (2015)

This 240-unit luxury apartment community has been designed to achieve LEED Silver Certification. The LEED rating system, developed by U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.

AMLI Deerfield's green features include: ENERGY STAR appliances; WaterSense fixtures; programmable thermostats; low VOC paints, sealants and carpet; electric car charging stations; bike storage; and a comprehensive recycling program. AMLI Deerfield's luxury rental apartments are expected to use 27% less energy and 31% less water than a conventional apartment and feature eco-friendly building materials that improve indoor air quality while using fewer natural resources. AMLI Deerfield is 100% smoke-free, inside and out
enhancing air quality and creating a healthier living environment for its residents.
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Renewable/Alternative Energy Regulations (2011-2012)

Since spring 2009 Deerfield Planning staff has been participating in the Alternative Energy Task Force of Lake County Communities. This Task Force was organized to analyze available data and information on wind, solar, and geothermal energy systems and to develop suggested guidelines to regulate them in Lake County, Illinois. The Task Force developed and adopted model ordinances which can be widely adopted by Lake County communities and adapted to fit each community’s individual needs. The Task Force encourages each Lake County community to evaluate the separate provisions of the model ordinances to assure that the guidelines will suit the community’s own particular needs.

In fall 2011 the Deerfield Plan Commission held public hearings on Text Amendments to the Zoning Ordinance to regulate renewable / alternative energy systems, including wind, solar, and geothermal. The Village has taken the Lake County model ordinances and adjusted them to better fit Deerfield. On January 17, 2012, the Village Board voted to approve the Text Amendments for renewable/alternative energy systems.

Deerfield Public Library (2011)

The proposed additions, renovations, and site improvements to the Deerfield Public Library will include some sustainable elements: much of the existing building will be reused and the site has been designed to accommodate pedestrians and bicyclists in addition to motorists; the landscaping will not require the installation of irrigation systems; energy efficient lighting and efficient HVAC systems will be installed; inside the building, there will be low flow faucets and toilets in the bathrooms and indoor air quality will be monitored and low volatile organic compound (VOC) materials will be used.

School District 109 Administration Center (2011)

The new addition, renovations, and site improvements to the School District 109 Administration Center building include some sustainable elements. The proposed site improvements include a rain garden to help handle stormwater runoff. New energy efficient windows will be installed in both the new addition and the existing building. The School District is applying for a grant from the State in order to install a geothermal heating and cooling system in the Administration Center building.

Walgreens Solar Panels (2011)

Walgreens was recently approved to place solar panels on the south side of the roof of the 200 Wilmot Road building at their corporate headquarters.

Wastewater Reclamation Facility (2010)

The Village of Deerfield is pursuing LEED certification for the administration building. The main purpose of the LEED certification is for the Village to act in a leadership role and promote sustainable design. Some of the sustainable design elements include an effluent heat recovery system, which uses the stable, year-round temperature of the effluent as a heating and cooling source; enhanced ventilation systems; insulation; individually controlled lighting systems; low use plumbing systems; good indoor air quality through the use low VOC (volatile organic compounds) products; a rain garden to handle runoff from the administration building; and the use of construction waste management techniques including reducing waste and recycling as much as possible. In addition to the LEED certification, other sustainable elements on the site include the rain garden for the biosolids building and porous paving in low-traffic areas.

Wilmot Elementary School (2010)

The recent site improvements to Wilmot Elementary School include the expansion of Clarrisa’s Prairie with native plantings. The building improvements include a high albedo roof, triple glazed windows, and thermally efficient roof and wall assemblies, and natural light is present in each new educational space.

Woodland Park (2010)

The sustainable elements included in the Woodland Park improvements include permeable pavers under in portions of the new parking lot, continued savannah restoration with native plantings, and rain gardens.

Takeda (2005, 2009)

The offices on the Takeda Park campus have been designed with attention to the sun’s path to give employees the maximum amount of exposure to natural daylight. Takeda’s Phase I achieved LEED gold level certification. Phase I included native prairie landscaping; open space with water efficient landscaping; using covered parking to mitigate heat islands; using site lighting sensitively to support the Dark Sky initiatives; and using permeable pavement and bioswales as part of the stormwater management program. The Phase I office buildings included HVAC, lighting and buildings systems that meet energy efficiency standards; and the use of low VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting materials such as adhesives, sealants, paints and carpet. Takeda also received LEED Gold certification for Phase II. Prairie plantings and efficient energy usage in the building are the focus of Takeda’s Phase II LEED initiatives and Phase II includes many of the green and sustainable initiatives that were present in Phase I. Takeda also encourages its employees to use alternative transportation such as mass transit, bicycles and carpooling.

In 2010 Takeda will be seeking LEED certification for its new child care facility. HVAC, lighting, and other building systems meet energy efficiency standards. Water use is reduced by using efficient fixtures. Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) emitting materials (adhesives, sealants, paints, carpets, composite products, etc.) have been used and indoor air quality is managed and monitored. The building has been designed to minimize solar heat gain, while still allowing sunlight inside for the building’s occupants. Solid materials were used along the southern exposure of the building to block the sun’s most direct rays and heat, while the three other faces of the building are comprised primarily of glass. All the classrooms in the child care center are bordered by a glass exterior to allow in sunlight, and skylights provide natural lighting in the corridors of the building.

Stormwater User Guide (2009)

A User Guide was adopted by the Village that encourages the use of green and sustainable tools at the lot level. The User Guide is used to administer the current stormwater ordinance. The User Guide encourages the owner/developer to utilize various methods of their choosing to meet the goals of the Village’s stormwater ordinance including elements such as rain barrels, rain gardens, and porous paver driveways and patios, native plantings, turf blocks and green roofs.

Park District’s Briarwood Nature Area (2008)

The new parking lot for the Briarwood Nature Area is constructed from porous pavers so the rainwater penetrates directly through the parking lot surface and is filtered through gravel and then returned to the Middle Fork of the North Branch of the Chicago River. The Park District is also making trail improvements and eradicating invasive and noxious plant species (such as buckthorn) throughout the area. Other improvements to the area include a wetland restoration of Trail Tree Park which includes restoration and stabilization of 350 feet of stream bank by softening the bank’s slope to reduce erosion. The Park District has installed riprap along the banks to help slow future erosion. They have planted native grasses along the banks and planted floodplain rain gardens of wetland plants which absorb water at a faster rate and filter the water as it returns to the river. The Park District is also has installed a bird watching hide and an overlook in the Trail Tree Park. There is informational/educational signage throughout Briarwood Nature Area and Trail Tree Park which covers topics such as porous paving, trail trees, flood plains, and the history of the Middle Fork creek.

Textura (2007)

As part of Textura’s renovation of the former Teradyne building on Lake Cook Road, Textura has incorporated many green features into its redesign of the existing building including: energy efficient glass; sunshades projecting from the building to control the incoming natural light; the interior lighting has sensors to adjust lighting levels to accommodate as much natural light as possible for energy savings; and reusing the existing building structure and recycling the existing components. For the future, Textura is also planning a green trellised area on the east side of the building made of a polycarbonate greenhouse roof.